Gehlot hits at central govt’s lacklustre announcements for poor

Also asks Raj officials to ensure migrants follow quarantine protocol and adequate facilities are provided till panchayat and ward levels

Jaipur: As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman regaled government’s spending on migrants, poor and farmers on Wednesday from the 20 lakh crore rupee package announced by PM Narendra Modi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has hit back at the central government claiming the measures will not bring immediate relief to poor.

“The details of the #EconomicPackage announced by the FM in two days show Government is not realizing that the immediate need for poor people is to give them direct cash, to provide them immediate financial support so that they have some money with them to spend & it stimulates demand. All schemes except free foodgrains for next 2 months are long term measures, those will not provide immediate support to the poor, migrant workers, farmers & destitute,” he tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Gehlot also said that MNREGA is a ray of hope for the poor of the nation. “During present time of crisis due to #Covid_19 & complete slowdown in economy, #MNREGA proves to be a ray of hope for country’s poor in rural areas. This social security measure that aims to guarantee the right to work is a boon to rural poor people by the UPA.

Now as FM Sitharaman ji has announced relief measures, MNREGA will ensure poor migrants get work when they reach home. It will provide livelihood security for atleast some days but govt must also consider giving wages to all registered MNREGA workers for the period of lockdown,” the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, as more and more migrants are reaching the state, Gehlot has asked the officials to ensure that our two month long hardwork does not go to waste. “it is necessary that every person coming from another state should fully comply with the rule of quarantine which is the top priority of the state government to protect life. A large number of migrants and workers are coming to Rajasthan from other states, in such a situation the Corona infection should not spread in the villages. Administration from the district level to the Gram Panchayat level should make quarantine protocol successful with mission spirit,” he said.

Gehlot said that the strong system of quarantine has been an important step behind the success we have so far achieved in controlling the corona infection in other districts including Bhilwara and Jhunjhunu. He said that under the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Ordinance -2020, our government has made quarantine mandatory for a person coming from outside.

As per the instructions of the Chief Minister, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department, Veenu Gupta has been made the chairman for the state level quarantine management committee. Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development Rajeshwar Singh, CMD of Rajasthan Warehousing Corporation PK Goel, Principal Secretary Information Technology Abhay Kumar, Principal Secretary Social Justice and Empowerment Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary Urban Development Bhaskar A Sawant and are members of this committee.

The District Level Quarantine Management Committee will work under the chairmanship of the concerned Collector, including the Regional MP, District MLA, Superintendent of Police, Chief Executive Officer of District Council, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Medical Officer of District Hospital, District Logistics Officer, City Council Name by Commissioner, Executive Engineer of Public Works Department, District Education Officer and Collector.

Quarantine will be arranged at the panchayat level under the supervision of the Gram Panchayat Level Management Committee. Similarly, at the ward level in urban areas, the Quarantine Management Committee will have representatives nominated by BLO, Councilor, Sanitary Inspector, Beat Constable, ANM, Health Worker and Sub-Division.

“MPs, MLAs as well as all public representatives from urban areas and panchayat have a big role in strengthening the quarantine system,” Gehlot stressed.

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